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Regional Program Officer


Organization : Asia Foundation’s Thailand
Type : Nonprofits / องค์กรไม่แสวงหาผลกำไร
Date : 4 Feb 2019
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Deadline : 5 / March / 2019

TITLE:    Program Officer – Mekong Regional Cooperation        

CONTRACT TERM:  2 years initially, with possibility of extension


The Asia Foundation’s Thailand Office is seeking qualified, talented Thai applicants for the position of Program Officer for Regional Cooperation programs, focused on the greater Mekong Sub-region. The Foundation is exploring a new program to support forward-looking, constructive dialogue on the future of regional cooperation in the greater Mekong sub-region. TAF plans to support Thai leaders in government, civil society, and academic institutions to explore new dynamics and challenges in regional architecture, water governance, energy transformation, infrastructure development, and social/environmental safeguards for development. The Foundation currently manages a program focusing on safeguards for infrastructure development in the region, in cooperation with Chinese and US organizations. In the coming year, the Foundation plans to initiate new programs focused on Thailand.

This Program Officer role will develop and manage new Thailand-based programs and research on regional cooperation in the greater Mekong region, with a focus on regional architecture, water, energy, infrastructure and safeguards. This position will focus extensively on Thailand’s engagement in the region and with major external powers on these issues. As such, the ideal candidate will have experience with Thailand’s foreign policy, current regional architecture (e.g., ACMECS, ASEAN, LMC, LMI, among others), and the links between international relations and water/energy/infrastructure issues.  The Program Officer is also expected to have extensive engagement with the Thai government officials, and will ideally have strong knowledge of Thai policy-making processes. Likely program areas may include:

  • Organizing policy dialogues that bring together researchers, policy-makers, civil society and private sector, on regional architecture, water, energy, infrastructure and safeguards.
  • Design, manage and/or lead research efforts on these and related issues.
  • Ongoing engagement with Thai leaders and the international community.
  • Provide advice or technical support for Thai leaders and government agencies, as needed.
  • Analysis of key international trends, and impact on Thailand and the Mekong subregion.


The Foundation’s philosophy is to hire the most capable and talented people as first priority. Successful candidates will have work experience and academic qualifications in any of the following fields:  diplomacy/international relations, economics, political science, development, public policy, government service, energy, and social science research. Furthermore, the Foundation is particularly interested in candidates who are comfortable with public speaking, publishing, and engaging with government.  Key qualifications include:

  • Extensive knowledge of Mekong sub-regional issues, particularly water governance, energy, infrastructure development, and regional architecture
  • Experience working for, or engaging with, Thai Government ministries involved in regional cooperation, particularly the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and relevant line ministries
  • Experience in managing programs or initiatives to support regional cooperation or regional policy agendas
  • Experience conducting research, and publishing research outputs
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment
  • Entrepreneurial, with a track-record of building new programs or initiatives
  • Thai citizen (required)
  • Advanced university degree (masters or doctorate) preferred but not required.


Intellectual Leadership:  The person in this role will shape program direction, lead intellectual and policy discussions, and strengthen partnerships with research organizations, civil society, Thai Government, and the international community. The position will also play a key role in raising the Foundation’s influence and profile, through contact with the media, influential stakeholders, and the international community.

Flexible, Response Program Management:  This position will play an important role in managing flexible programs that respond to opportunities and requests. The successful candidate should have experience in managing policy reform programs, including coordination with an experienced team of staff and consultants. The person should also be comfortable in engaging with senior government officials.

Relationship Building:  This position will play an important role in building relations with experts, and officials in Thailand, and around the region. The person in this role will be the Thailand office’s key person in maintaining relations with officials and experts in Thailand, and across the region who are involved in Mekong regional issues and architecture. This relationship-building must be done in close collaboration with key partner embassies/donors, in a way that is complementary and supportive to the diplomatic efforts.

Please send a cover letter specifying the position to which you are applying with your resume by email to: by February 25, 2018. (Only short-listed candidates will be notified).



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